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John Buchan
1875 - 1940

Scottish author, barrister, British MP, Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield, 35th Governor General of Canada (1935-1940), author of The 39 Steps and at least ten other novels


Man, according to Aristotle, is a political animal, but there is an exception in the case of a Governor General. His views on public policy can only be the views of his Ministers. If he touches on the subject he must confine himself to what may be called Governor-Generalities.

1940 - quoted in Canadian Occasions: Addresses and in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.

We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.